Interior Design with a Hallway Runner

Choosing a Hallway Runner

Hallway runner rug

Hallways and entryways should be inviting, and rugs offer that touch of class and softness that makes you want to walk the path. Deciding on the right rug can be a daunting task, which is why we’ve written this blog to make the decision-making process a little easier. Runners add color and texture to enhance your interior decor. The following constructions and fibers are optimal for hallways and entryways- places that experience a lot of traffic and therefore require tougher materials.


The perfect rug for you may be handmade, machine made, or power loomed. It really depends on your budget and how long you want the rug to last. Handmade lasts the longest, then power loomed, and lastly machine made.



Wool can handle heavy foot traffic as it is durable and long-lasting. It is more expensive, but think of your runner as an investment that could last a lifetime. Even if you redecorate, a wool rug can be re-purposed and placed somewhere else or passed down to family. Wool is quite soft and easy to clean.


This natural fiber is sturdy, but difficult to clean, and can last many years with proper care. It is also fairly neutral and would not clash with vivid colors or wallpaper.


Like jute, this fiber is durable and can handle heavy foot traffic. Cleaning is also difficult as it is not stain resistant. It is also more likely to be dyed or feature a pattern than jute.


Silk does fairly well with heavy traffic but should still be considered for its beauty. Consider silk for a hallway that doesn’t get a lot of traffic, or hang it up instead to brighten a space.


Next, you want to choose a runner style. The style should accent the architecture and other decorations of the space. Consider the length and width of the rug. A longer piece can feel like a red carpet to guests, while a shorter, wider rug makes the space feel comfortable and plush. Runners can make a space look broader or longer depending on the style. A lighter color enlarges the space, while darker ones do the opposite.


Patterns can vary from stripes, flowers, or geometric patterns that are more modern, to traditional Persian styles which match almost anything. Your rug can be styled as an attention-grabbing piece, or as a more muted accent. Think about how you want the rug to greet you as you walk through the entryway or hall. Choose a pattern that flows with the existing decor. A more modern home would do well with designs that are geometric or even boldly patterned. A traditional space always benefits from the added grace of a Persian or Oriental design. If your home is more bohemian, floral patterns are the way to go.


Next, decide on a color or three. A neutral space can go one of two ways: either choose a neutral rug that complements it, or go with a bold color(s) to draw the eye and liven it up. Remember, neutrals don’t have to be beige or gray, a light blue or lilac can brighten a space while staying neutral. Another great way to style a hallway is to go with a color already featured in the decor. You can draw inspiration from paintings, wallpaper, trim, light fixtures, and more.

And remember, a runner doesn’t have to be placed in a hallway or entryway- they look great in other spaces too- especially kitchens, staircases, and bathrooms! Always pair your rug with the proper padding for safety and the longevity of the rug.

If you are in the market for a new runner, stop by the Behnam Rugs showroom. We have a wide range of styles in both handmade and machine made options that are perfect for high traffic areas. We also offer custom sizing, especially for staircases. No matter the length or shape of your staircase, we can create the perfect fit.